The tidal Thames: its folklore and traditions

River scene from The Tidal Thames by William Lionel Wyllie (1884)
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Date/Time
Monday, 10 October 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location
St Margaret's United Reform Church
Victoria Avenue
London
N3 1BD


 

Frost fair on the Thames, 1683

This talk explores the rich tradition of lore and legend in the tidal reaches of London’s river, including pagan gods, riverside taverns, ghosts, ceremonials, frost fairs, and tales of smuggling and pirates. 

Mark Lewis is a freelance artist, designer-silversmith and retired university lecturer. He has published a book on folklore and popular customs of the church. He has given two previous talks for NLU3A, on London through artists’ eyes (2017) and customs and traditions of the City of London (2018).

Top image: River scene from The Tidal Thames by William Lionel Wyllie (1884)